Reading slumps, the bane of all readers.
During these periods, reading seems like an impossible task. A hobby that once brought you so much joy now seems like a laborious chore. Just the thought of opening up a book almost hurts.
This is the state I find myself in, unfortunately.
Last month, I read seven books. All was going well, until the last one. I found myself growing somewhat disinterested about halfway but powered through. At the time I didn’t think much of it, but that was the warning call for what was coming. The dreaded reading slump was imminent.
I only started reading again about three days ago. I tried to read but I could only manage a page or two at a time.
Reading slumps happen for different reasons for different people. Perhaps you read a truly amazing book so other books seem to pale in comparison. Maybe you read a powerful book that emotionally destroyed you and you need some time to heal from it. This type of reading slumps tends to be referred to as “Book Hangovers”.
In my current case, it’s due to feeling rotten. When I am really low, I mean rock bottom low, I can’t find the energy to read or do anything. Frankly, I barely have the energy to do pretty much anything. Let’s just say this month has not been kind to me.
At the time of writing, I am working on putting an end to this slump and I am making progress. I’m not fully back on track yet, but I am getting there.
The first thing I had to do was remind myself that I wasn’t a failure for not reading for a while. I’m one of those bookworms who prides herself on how many books she normally reads, so this slump did hurt my ego a bit.
All readers experience reading slumps, it’s annoying but it isn’t something to be ashamed of. Everyone gets burnout from their passions at one point or another.
My slump was due to stress, yet because I was struggling to read, one of my coping mechanisms, I was stressing out more.
I’m doing a bit better this past week, not exactly thriving but getting buy. When I started feeling a bit better, I decided it was finally time to try again.
In essence, I had to more or less wait out it for a bit. Or at least until the majority had dissipated, a bit still lingers but I can read a bit again.
A tip I kept seeing online was to read short books or to reread favourites. Luckily for me, I have a few books that fit both categories. Currently, I am rereading The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
I am someone who gets a lot of satisfaction from being able to complete goals, so I set myself a target to read at least a chapter a day but not to worry if I couldn’t. So far, it is working. Granted, I am only a few days in but I have been reading again, I see this as an absolute win.
I have even set a small pile of these books ready to go. I plan to stick to these books until this slump spell has worn off. I have also made a promise to myself that in future, I will not try to force myself to keep reading something I’m not enjoying.
Before I felt ready to read again, I reread a bunch of my favourite Tintin comics. Partly because I haven’t read them in a bit but they also helped to reestablish reading habits again.
A tip I saw that might help you when the cursed reading slump hits you is trying an audiobook. I can’t since I zone out when listening to audiobooks. I have tried, they are not for me.
A bit of advice I am going to use is to read more fast-paced YA novels. I tend to read books on the big side that tend to be rather dense. So to prevent another reading slump, I am going to stick with lighter material for a little bit.
I also reorganized my little library, reacquainting myself with all the books I have. It was a pleasant exercise that took a good while but was worth the time spent.
Hopefully, by this time next week, I should be back on track. Reading slumps truly are the worst.